Following the success of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992), Warner Bros got all excited about the possibility of giving the character her own movie and started developing a spin-off.
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
Batman Returns director Tim Burton was originally set to direct with a script from screen writer Daniel Waters, that would have seen Catwoman’s alter-ego Selina Kyle suffer from a spot of amnesia after her encounter with Max Shreck in Batman Returns.Unsure of why her body is riddled with bullet holes, she heads off to a resort for super heroes, only to quickly discover she prefers prowling around rooftops in a PVC outfit.
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
Positive that a spin-off was the best way forward for the character, Catwoman was kept out of Bat-sequel Batman Forever (1995) and with Burton no longer on Bat-directing duties he considered Catwoman as his next project.Meanwhile whilst Waters worked on the script, Burton moved on, but it didn’t matter because Batman was suddenly hot property again thanks to the success of Batman Forever and that was of more interest to Warner Bros.Whilst the Batman franchise plodded forward with Batman & Robin (1997) Catwoman rotted in Development Hell for years and eventually Pfeiffer was replaced by Ashley Judd.By that point the script had gone through a number of changes and was no longer even connected to the character that appeared in Batman Returns, which was the reason the film went into development in the first place!!!After a decade of messing about with the idea, a Catwoman movie eventually hit cinema screens with Halle Berry in the title role and not surprisingly was a box-office disaster.
The original idea of giving Selina Kyle (the best character in Batman Returns) another onscreen appearance seemed like a no-brainer...but dragging the development of the film out for so long that the end result had no connection to her whatsoever, made no sense at all!!!Catwoman was a complete and utter waste of everyone’s time and efforts.
BUT WHAT IF?
If Catwoman had been made as originally intended then it would have given Michelle Pfeiffer another chance to shine with arguably the best Batman movie villain from the original series of films.This would have encouraged producers and writers of female dominated superhero movies to actually pull their fingers out and make decent films.As a result Tank Girl (1995) Barb Wire (1996) and Elektra (2005) would have been fine movies, possibly Shakespearian in approach, with thought provoking dialogue and a number of imaginative ideas.Women across the globe would have been impressed by such an interest in making female comic-book characters interesting and they would have championed for Warner Bros to finally make a movie about the most iconic super heroine of them all.... WONDER WOMAN!This would have helped Warner Bros (and their sister Dot) rake in more cash than ever imaginable from a female demographic and it would have earned them respect from 50% of the population.
But... they didn’t and Catwoman was released.So live with it.